Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has leapt to the defence of Chelsea after they were accused of negative tactics in the 1-0 win against Manchester United on Saturday evening.
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The Blues have not been at their best in recent weeks and the win against United was reminiscent of their victory against Queens Park Rangers in the previous game where they scored with their first shot on target.
Eden Hazard’s goal was the difference at Stamford Bridge and the result moved Jose Mourinho’s side 10 points clear at the top of the table with just six games to play and former United defender Neville inisist the Blues played like champions:
“It was a resolute performance from Chelsea.” he said on his Sky Sports podcast.
“It was a team that knew what they needed to do during the game. They recognised that they probably couldn’t take Manchester United on punch for punch at football in passing terms, but they had the power, the strength, the determination and the physicality.”
“They played like champions. There are times over the years where I’ve been part of championship-winning teams and it had to be ugly.” The England coach explained.
Chelsea are edging closer to a first league title since 2010 and they travel to the Emirates for a huge London derby against second placed Arsenal next weekend.
They are in a position to wrap up the championship by the time they are next at the Bridge, as victories over the Gunners and Leicester City will seem them crowned champions before they face Crystal Palace next month.